Ballfield To Get The Blues Saturday


This Saturday, blues entertainers will take over Rumsey Park for pretty much 10 hours of non-stop music.

It's the 6th Annual June Bug Blues Festival, presented by Shakey Joe Harless of Shaker Music and Microphones. From noon to 10 p.m., screaming guitars, wailing harmonicas and booming basses will rock the turf at the Rumsey Park ballfield.

"This is the largest music event in the Rim country," Harless said. "It's the only blues festival in Arizona to ever use two stages -- one for acoustic and one for electric."

This year's lineup of 11 bands includes Honeyboy and the Backseat Howlers, Soul Kitchen, Hammersmith Band and Rim country favorite Hans Olson. Capping off the evening is a soulful set by Lazy Lester and the Teddy Morgan Band.

In the four years it's been around, the June Bug Blues Festival has played host to 39 world-class musicians, including Norton Buffalo of the Steve Miller Band, Lightnin' Willie and the Poor Boys, the Paul DeLay Band, and more.

"Music Voice Magazine has voted the June Bug as one of the top three music events in the state," Harless said. "And it's listed as a National Music Festival in the prestigious Blue Revue."

Major sponsors include the Mazatzal Casino and Budweiser.

Admission to the June Bug Blues Festival is $10 for the all-day event; $5 for those 16 and under. For more information, contact Shakey Joe at Shaker Music, 472-7393.

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